April 2008

Judge lenient with sex offender

A sex offender who failed to comply with the terms of a court order has been given a chance.

Aaron Porter was on a community order for abducting a girl in Accrington and having indecent images of a child.

He then left his accommodation when the nature of his convictions came to light and went on to give police a false address of where he was supposedly staying.

Under the requirements of sex offenders register, he had to keep police informed about his address.

He also broke the terms of his community order by failing to keep the probation service informed.

Porter, 25, who was living in Clitheroe at the time of his conviction, admitted a breach of the Sexual Offenders Act and also breaching a community order.

He appeared for sentencing before Judge Anthony Russell QC, the same judge who had passed sentence on him back in March 2006.

The judge imposed a fresh three year community order, involving three years supervision by the probation service and a requirement to live where directed by the service.

He will also have to complete a sex offender’s treatment programme and will remain on the sex offenders’ list.

Judge Russell told Porter: “You have not committed any other sex offences since.

“You have responded well to the intervention of the probation service in other respects, so I am prepared to give you a chance to continue that good work”.